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Walking practice

Updated: Nov 25, 2018

Landscape can exist as a reflection on the inner walls of the mind, or as a projection of the inner state without...



Undertaken without realising it at the start of 2017 a new year's resolution of a weekly solitary walk to my favourite spot on the Downs. Treading the same ground weekly - somehow makes it easier to see what's there - a muscle memory of walking the same path highlights the small changes alongside the big - the reddening tips of the Beech trees and the wildy differnt light.

Re -reading Bill Viola - Reasons for Knocking at an Empty House. "Landscape can exist as a reflection on the inner walls of the mind, or as a projection of the inner state without.. the Inuit talk of the need for time out in 'the great loneliness'. It yields benefit to the group - it must or else creative practice is ineffectual and impotent in terms of inner power, or is solely economic or decadent."

Feels like an important part of the practice, a kind of recharging or earthing. Feels necessary in these strange times, in order to have the clarity to make work, to carry on, being mother, artist, friend, to carry on listening.





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